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DENVER -- City leaders provided some answers after the FOX31 Denver Problem Solvers asked questions about what's being done to keep visitors to the 16th Street Mall in downtown Denver safe.

Earlier this week, video of an office worker and passerby being attacked was uncovered by what police call "travelers" on the mall.

On Thursday, Denver police Chief Robert White promised to put more officers on the mall and said the city will unveil a comprehensive security plan next week. Denver City Council members are asking for help as well.

Three people were arrested after the office worker was assaulted. A court ordered one of them to stay away from the 16th Street Mall for the next year.

"These are called area restrictions and there are some state law provisions around that we have to do some work with the courts to make sure they're tied to that," Councilman Albus Brooks said.

The Downtown Denver Partnership said  it has hired a security manager who will put staff on every block along the mall so people feel safe.

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